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The newsroom includes access to CHA News, which provides timely information to members every Monday and Thursday and is at the core of CHA benefits. In addition, it is also home to resources such as toolkits and talking points designed to help member hospitals and health systems communicate with internal and external audiences on a range of current health care-related issues. Links to CHA media statements and press releases can also be found here.  

As Pandemic Wanes, CHA Social Media Campaign Reminds Californians That Care Can’t Wait

To coincide with the state’s June 15 reopening, CHA has launched a social media campaign with updated messaging around emergency room avoidance.  

These social media posts are meant to encourage people to get back to routine care now that COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the decline and vaccinations rates are high. This Twitter and Facebook campaign is scheduled to run for four weeks. 

Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge to Affordable Care Act

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), finding that Republican-led states and individual plaintiffs behind the case lacked legal standing to challenge the law.  

The Trump administration had supported the lawsuit, which argued that the ACA was rendered unconstitutional after Congress got rid of the penalty for not having health insurance in 2017. The vote was 7 to 2 to reject the lawsuit, with Justices Alito and Gorsuch dissenting. 

HRSA Provides Funding to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued $424.7 million in funding to over 4,200 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for COVID-19 testing and mitigation, providing $100,000 per RHC. Funds will be used to maintain and increase COVID-19 testing, expand access to testing for rural residents and broaden efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus in ways tailored to their local communities. HRSA plans to award $35.3 million in additional funding to eligible RHCs later this summer. 

Additional information on HRSA’s allocation to RHCs for COVID-19 testing and mitigation is available on the HRSA website.  

HHS Extends Deadline to Use Certain Provider Relief Funds, Announces Reporting Deadlines

On June 11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updated Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements. As requested by CHA and others, the revised guidance extends the time granted to recipients to use the funds. The table below illustrates that the time frame for using and reporting PRFs will now occur on a rolling basis based on when the funds were received.

Federal OSHA Releases COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard but Cal/OSHA Standards Still Apply to CA Hospitals

On June 10, after much fanfare and expectation, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a COVID-19 emergency temporary standard for hospitals and other health care settings. However, existing California guidance and regulations on masking and social distancing must be followed by California hospitals. 

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Jan Emerson-Shea
Vice President, External Affairs
(916) 552-7516

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